2023 has been a busy start, but I’ve been grateful to be able to have some time to read these great books. What have you been reading so far this year? Can you let me know in the comments? Are you going to read any of these?
Undistracted by Bob Goff
I’ve loved all the Bob Goff books I’ve read, this is no different. After being in a place of trying to figure out what are some next steps with my passion and what God’s wanting to do with my life, Bob always inspires me to live a life of risk and not look back with regrets.
“Mere agreement will change very little in your life, only action has the power to change everything for you.” Bob Goff (Undistracted)
Read this book if you’re looking to be inspired and nudged forward into the God’s calling in your life, in particular if you’ve been discouraged or disappointed in the past.
Good boundaries and goodbyes by Lysa Terkeurst
Lysa is writing this book on the back of experiencing and processing a very difficult divorce. She shares from her own experience as she’s tried to navigate with wisdom and love.
“We can’t set good boundaries without love” Lysa Terkeurst (Good boundaries and goodbyes)
“When people aren’t respectful of our limits we can set boundaries or we can pay consequences.” Lysa Terkeurst (Good boundaries and goodbyes)
“We will always desperately want from other people what we fear we will never get from God.” Lysa Terkeurst (Good boundaries and goodbyes)
Read this book if you’re looking to work out and navigate how to establish healthy relational boundaries.
With Christ in the school of prayer by Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray takes you on a journey through what Jesus taught throughout the gospels on the topic of prayer
“As long as we view prayer simply as a means of maintaining our own Christian lives, we will not fully understand what it is really supposed to be. But when we learn to regard it as the highest part of the work entrusted to us – the root and strength of all other work – we will see that there is nothing we need to study and practice than the art of praying.” Andrew Murray (With Christ in the school of prayer)
“Prayer is an appeal to the friendship of God.” Andrew Murray (With Christ in the school of prayer)
“True humility is always accompanied by strong faith.” Andrew Murray (With Christ in the school of prayer)
“Prayer is the one hand with which we grasp the invisible. Fasting is the other hand.” Andrew Murray (With Christ in the school of prayer)
“Love is the only soil in which faith can take root and thrive.” Andrew Murray (With Christ in the school of prayer)
Read this book if you’re looking to reignite your prayer life.
The crucible of leadership by Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson unpacks the lifelong leadership journey of one of histories most famous leaders, Moses. The good, the bad, and the ugly of Moses life is covered here showing that the real hero of Moses leadership journey is the God who leads Moses, which serves as an important reminder to all church leaders today that we’re not leading for own recognition and glory but for the one who has placed us with the responsibility and privilege to care for and lead others.
“Perhaps what most distinguishes Christian leadership from any other form of leadership is the understanding that it is received from God as a gift.” Ian Parkinson
Read this book if you’re looking for an alternative leadership book that reaches beyond the how-to of leadership and looks at how a leader is formed.
How to be a productivity ninja by Graham Allcott
Graham Allcott provides plenty of practical help with getting ahead of your work rather than being suffocated by it. He draws on concepts found in David Allen’s ‘Getting things done’ and well as adding his own take.
“What gets measured, gets managed.” Peter Drucker
“The ancestor of every action is a thought.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Read this book if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your emails, workload or wanting to general improve your work productivity.
God of all things by Andrew Wilson
Andrew writes short creative chapters on what a wide variety of everyday objects shows us about God and His character, such as horns, donkeys, dust, cities, viruses, and more.
“The certainty of death is integral to Christianity. Our future revolves around not immortality but resurrection.” Andrew Wilson (God of all things)
“Our future will be modelled, not on the man who came out of the soil, but on the man who came out of the tomb.” Andrew Wilson (God of all things)
“A made-up God will leave your world undisturbed, conveniently aligning with your priorities without displacing anything because ultimately you are more glorious than it is. The real God, however, will land in the middle of your life like an elephant crashing through the ceiling displacing your sin, changing all your priorities, and forcing you to reorient yourself around the weight of glory.” Andrew Wilson (God of all things)
Read this book if you’re looking to be refreshed with a sense of God’s creativity and majesty.
What have you been reading at the beginning of 2023? Let me know in the comments, Dan